Super Kid: Kendall Swanson, Lake Stevens High School senior

Kendall Swanson, 18, is a senior at Lake Stevens High School. She has been accepted to Oregon State University and plans to major in chemistry or chemical engineering. She lives in Lake Stevens.

Question: Do you have any siblings?

Answer: “I have one younger sister. She’s 15, Sophie.”

Q: Do you have an after-school job?

A: “No, but I coach two volleyball teams as a volunteer.”

Q: What do you like about that?

A: “It’s just really rewarding to see them have fun and learn something new at the same time.”

Q: You did gymnastics too, right?

A: “I was a gymnast for 11 years. I competed for four years. You really learn a lot about yourself in gymnastics. You learn how much you can push yourself, mentally, physically and emotionally.”

Q: How did you get involved in volleyball?

A: “I had a friend, Molly, who played at the Boys &Girls Club. Her dad actually coached the team … I tried out for the school team in seventh grade.”

Q: What position do you play?

A: “I’m an outside hitter … I play on the far left side of the front row and back row.”

Q: Does your sister play?

A: “Yes. I coach her team.”

Q: What do you like to do outside of school?

A: “Probably camping and hiking. I also knit and crochet, and I love to make jewelry.”

Q: What kind of jewelry?

A:“Mainly bracelets. That’s what I can do best.”

Q: How’s school going?

A: “Right now we’re getting ready for the AP tests so there’s a lot of studying going on.”

Q: What advanced placement classes are you taking?

A: “AP stats, AP chemistry and AP government and politics.”

Q: What other classes?

A: “Culinary, advanced lit and photography.”

Q: How did you learn you were interested in chemistry? What careers appeal to you?

A: “I took principles of engineering in eight grade at Cavalero (Mid High School) … I took a civil engineering class last semester and I didn’t really enjoy it. Chemistry is more my thing, so I think chemistry or chemical engineering.”

Q: What do you like about chemistry?

A: “I just really enjoy it and it comes easier to me. It’s a lot of math, and I like doing math.”

Q: Why do you want to go to Oregon State?

A: “I’ve been there a lot because my parents both went there. We go to a lot of the football games. I’ve been there a lot, and I just love the campus.”

Q: What do your parents do?

A: “My mom is a secretary … my dad is a manager for Stockpot Soups.”

Q: You visit Oregon in the summer? You have family there?

A:“My grandparents have a farm down there … we go for a week or maybe a few days.”

Q: What kind of books do you like to read?

A: “Any kind. I was collecting Nancy Drew for a long time. I need like ten more to have the whole set. Mysteries really interest me and the romantic love stories, I guess.”

Q: You have family members who have Crohn’s disease and colitis. How did you get involved in the annual Crohn’s &Colitis Foundation of America fundraiser walks in Seattle?

A: “My dad saw an ad in the paper and we did the walk … Now we do it every year and donate.”

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com.

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